Feb. 26, 2011
• Complete Results
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin men's tennis team (4-5, 0-1) was not able to earn its first win over a ranked opponent this weekend, falling in a tough match to No. 41 Nebraska (7-4). The No. 40-ranked Badgers fell 5-2 in the upset on Saturday afternoon bringing their record to 0-5 against ranked opponents this season.
Wisconsin's Billy Bertha and Marek Michalicka got things started in the No. 1 doubles position earning an 8-3 win over Andre Stenger and Sebastian Florczyk. The win marks the No. 43-ranked duo's ninth of the season as the Badger pair remains undefeated.
Despite the early win, Nebraska came out with the doubles point grabbing wins in the Nos. 2 and 3 spots.
The Cornhuskers stretched their lead to 3-0 after earning quick wins in the Nos. 2 and 3 slots to start off the singles competition.
In the No. 4 slot, Wisconsin's Petr Satral fell early in a 6-1 first set loss to Nebraska's Stenger, but evened things up with his own 6-1 win in the second set. Stenger controlled the third set with a 5-2 lead but Satral fought off match point four times to knot up the score, 5-5.
Satral then grabbed the lead for the first time in the match, 6-5, but Stenger tied the score once again, 6-6. Satral earned the 7-6 victory in dramatic fashion after a 7-3 tiebreak decision for Wisconsin's first singles win prolonging Nebraska's match win.
In the No. 6 slot, Wisconsin's Fredrik Ask attempted a similar comeback after losing his first set, 6-2, with a 6-2 second set win. Ask wasn't able to repeat Satral's third set though, falling 6-1 to Florczyk. The loss clinched the Nebraska win with the score 4-1.
Despite the match decision, Rod Carey grabbed another win for Wisconsin in the No. 5 spot, 6-5 (8-6), 6-4 for his fifth win of the season.
In the No. 1 singles spot, Michalicka took on No. 102-ranked Chris Aumueller in his fourth match against a ranked player this season. Aumueller got off to an early 4-1 lead, but Michalicka fought hard to tie it up, 4-4. The two continued to battle with two more tied scores before the match went to a tiebreak for the decision. After a tough battle, the Cornhusker came out on top, 7-6 (7-5). Aumueller finished off the match with a 6-2 second set win.
The loss brings Michalicka's record to 6-2 on the season, breaking a five match win streak. Michalicka is 1-2 against ranked opponents this season.
Wisconsin closes out its eight-match homestand taking on Green Bay and Northern Illinois on Friday, March 4, and No. 14 Texas A&M on Sunday, March 6. Match times for Friday are set for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. The Badgers will look for their first win over a ranked opponent at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Tennis Match Results
Feb 26, 2011 at MADISON, Wis.
(Nielsen Tennis Stadium)
#41 Nebraska 5, #40 Wisconsin 2
1. #102 Chris Aumueller (NEB) def. Marek Michalicka (WIS) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
2. Calin Paar (NEB) def. Ricardo Martin (WIS) 6-2, 6-2
3. Benedikt Lindheim (NEB) def. Billy Bertha (WIS) 6-4, 6-3
4. Petr Satral (WIS) def. Andre Stenger (NEB) 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
5. Rodney Carey (WIS) def. Robert Schulze (NEB) 6-5 (8-6), 6-4
6. Sebastian Florczyk (NEB) def. Fredrik Ask (WIS) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
1. #43 Marek Michalicka/Billy Bertha (WIS) def. Andre Stenger/Sebastian Florczyk (NEB) 8-3
2. #58 Chris Aumueller/Benedikt Lindheim (NEB) def. Ricardo Martin/Rodney Carey (WIS) 8-4
3. Calin Paar/Robert Schulze (NEB) def. Petr Satral/Fredrik Ask (WIS) 8-6
Nebraska 6-4; National ranking #41
Wisconsin 4-4, 0-1; National ranking #40
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,3,4,6,5,1)
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